Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow made a great point on Monday.
Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow refused to be quiet on Monday as talk of canceling the 2020 college football season heated up.
Burrow, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the possibility of no 2020 college football season.
“I feel for all college athletes right now. I hope their voices are heard by the decision makers. If this happened a year ago I may be looking for a job right now,” tweeted Burrow.
I feel for all college athletes right now. I hope their voices are heard by the decision makers. If this happened a year ago I may be looking for a job right now.
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) August 10, 2020
He’s probably right. It’s hard to think about Burrow in that light after his dominant 2019 season, but it’s quite possible that he wouldn’t have been drafted at all if there hadn’t been college football last year.
Where would the former LSU football standout be today without a 2019 season?
Going into the 2019 season, most folks outside of Columbus, OH, or Baton Rouge, LA didn’t know much about Burrow.
He was just another average quarterback amid a sea of…..average quarterbacks.
The 2019 season, however, changed everything for Burrow. He went from a kid who might get drafted in the sixth or seventh round to the top selection in the draft.
No one saw Burrow going from a 2,800 yard passer to a 5,600 yard passer. No one had any inclination that was about to happen in 2019.
If last year doesn’t happen, Burrow right now is the No. 3 quarterback on a team trying to get an opportunity. And who knows if that opportunity would ever happen?
Is there a player in college football right now that could follow a similar path to Burrow?
Maybe not to the same extent, but I’m certain there are some players who wouldn’t get drafted today but would after the 2020 season. And if the season doesn’t happen, they may never get a shot in the NFL.
This whole situation is unfortunate, but I think it’s important to remember that we as fans/writers/analysts/observers aren’t the real losers here. It’s the players, no matter what happens.